Julia Pierson, the director of the Secret Service, resigned on Wednesday in the wake of a series of blunders by the agency, including the episode last month when an intruder with a knife jumped over the White House fence and made it deep inside the mansion.
Department of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced that Pierson had offered her resignation and that he had accepted it. “I salute her 30 years of distinguished service to the Secret Service and the nation,” he said in a statement.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Pierson offered her resignation, believing it was in the best interests of the Secret Service. Both Johnson and President Obama agreed. The president called Pierson earlier on Wednesday to express his appreciation for her service to the agency and the United States.
Ultimately, Earnest said, “the president concluded that new leadership of that agency was required.”